For the record, no, I do not have anything to do with the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, nor will I.
1. Remember Mrs. Doubtfire? HOW COULD YOU NOT?
The classic 1993 comedy, about a father (played by Robin Williams) who pretends to be a fake nanny in order to stay close to his children after a divorce, has entertained (and in some cases horrified) millions of children for the last 20 years.
The film was wildly successful, receiving an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hair and grossing more than $440 million in box office sales worldwide.
2. Now, 21 years later, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Williams and director Chris Columbus are attached to make a sequel to the film. But that doesn’t mean the movie is happening — yet.
A representative for Williams told BuzzFeed that “it’s premature for us to comment officially” on the project, and, indeed, the movie is not nearly close to an official green light from the studio.
3. David Berenbaum, who wrote the script for Elf, has been hired to write a draft of a script to the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, BuzzFeed has confirmed. That would only be worth doing if Williams and Columbus agreed to make the film — if they like the script.
That is a big “if.” There have been other attempts at a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that have fallen apart precisely at the script stage, so Berenbaum (who also wrote the screenplays to The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Haunted Mansion) has a major task ahead of him.